Humming & Buzzing – Eco-Adventures, La Ceiba & La Moskitia.

Trekking La Ceiba, Honduras

There is nothing itsy-bitsy – teeny-weeny – scritchy-scratchy about La Ceiba and La Moskitia, Rather this is a land of marvels and miracles – a chance to explore one of the few remnants of pristine rainforest and jungle. Your bravery will be rewarded with exquisite views of flora and fauna within this extreme environment. Overwhelm your senses with the sounds of biodiversity, the scent of jungle life, the moist touch of mist and leaf and vine.

Location by La Moskitia Ecoaventuras

Packages at this location

Rafting, Rio Sico Rafting

Buckle up as you enter Olancho territory, a land of cattle and cowboys. Thrill with excitement as you raft the Class 3 and 4 Rio Sico. Explode out of thrashing whitewater on a river historically known as the Black River. Camp in fabulous riverside campsites and marvel at the amazing flora and fauna. Expect to see Crocodiles, Iguanas, toucans, falcons and so much more. Remember as the locals always say, "Olancho es ancho para entrar, y angosto para salir." or 'Olancho is easy to go, and hard to leave'.

  • Satellite phone

  • First aid kit

  • Gear (Boats and Rafting accessories, tents, sleeping pads)

Camping

Check with tour provider. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided for the duration of the package.

All year round

Please read the following checklist to make sure you have everything you need:

Personal Medicines, Rain Gear
Personal items (biodegradable soup, tooth, paste, Sunglasses)
Light hiking boots or tennis shoes
River Sandals (Teva or Chaco)
Rubber Boost (Optional)
Light Tropical clothing
Sleeping sheets, Insect Repellent and sun block
Lantern with batteries and extra bulb
Camera in pelican case
Sombrero or sun hat, Personal snacks
Dry bag to carry personal stuff
Water Bottle, Binoculars
Life travel, evacuation and medicinal insurance

Rio Platano Expedition Mixed Adventures

Score 10 out of 10 as you spend a fabulous ten days exploring the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve and rafting the whitewater rapids. Enter into a unique jungle setting now a UNESCO world heritage site and considered to be part of the ‘Lungs of the Earth’. Discover that biodiversity means diversity. Share your personal space with monkeys, iguanas, frogs, turtles, river otters, crocodiles, numerous butterflies, parrots, cranes, kingfishers, cormorants, toucans, macaws, deer, and tapirs. To name but a few.

Camping in the jungle and lodging at village hostels.

Day 1 Truck ride to Bonanza campsite
Drive through small towns, typical villages and farmland as you journey to Bonanza, a village located in the buffer zone of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (8 hrs). You are due to arrive at your final destiny late in the afternoon just in time to establish your campsite in your host family´s yard. Enjoy our “campesino” dinner and get some relaxing sleep in order to wake up early the next day. (Lunch and Dinner provided)

Day 2 Hike to Waraska campsite
Prepare for an early start and a long hike as we journey up to the rafting ‘put in’ point. The good news is that Mules will carry the equipment. (8hrs – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided)

Days 3 & 4 La Arenosa and Casa De Piedra Campsites
Learn some basic rafting commands in calm-water before beginning our descent through the pristine jungle with class 3 rapids. Spend 2 days rafting - marvelling at the ecology and being thrilled by the whitewater. Explore an archaeological site and cave to end up near the entrance of “EL SUBTERRANEO” (6-hour daily paddling – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided)

Days 5 & 6 El Subterraneo and Pomokir Campsites
Continue descending the river through ‘EL SUBTERRANEO’, a narrow and impressive gorge of massive rocks that extends on for nearly one mile downstream including class 3 & 4 rapids. Camp inside the forest near a deep river pool, making this the perfect place for relaxation after an intense workday. Next day continue descending with growing stretches of calm water and time to enjoy the pristine jungle as we head downstream to our campsite at Pomokir. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided.

Days 7 & 8 Campsite at Wajawala and Lodging at Las Marias
Continue your journey downstream on calmer waters with the occasional class 2 rapid until we reach the mysterious petroglyphs. Mysterious drawings carved on the rocks by unknown ancient jungle settlers at the Walpaulbantara and Walpaulbansirpe sites. Eventually you arrive at Batiltuk and Las Marías de Río Plátano, the Pech and Miskito village where a local family will accommodate and feed you at their hostel for the night. Chances to see wildlife of mammals, birds and reptiles are pretty high throughout these two days. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided.

Day 9 Hotel at Palacios
Pass-through Miskito territory as you continue towards the mouth of the river in the company of our Pech and Miskito guides aboard their dug-out canoes made of a single mahogany trunk. Journey through marshes and mangroves following an old canal made by the local settlers to connect the river with Ibans Lagoon. In the afternoon arrive at Palacios and enjoy dinner and comfort at a small hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided

Day 10 Return to La Ceiba
Return to La Ceiba crossing the Bacalar Lagoon to meet the pickup trucks that will ride along the coast to Tocoa. We will finish our trip at Iriona where our own vehicle will pick us and our gear up to return in comfort to our final destiny in La Ceiba. Breakfast provided

All year round

Please read the following checklist to make sure you have everything you need:

Personal Medicines, Rain Gear
Personal items (biodegradable soup, tooth, paste, Sunglasses)
Light hiking boots or tennis shoes
River Sandals (Teva or Chaco)
Rubber Boost (Optional)
Light Tropical clothing
Sleeping sheets, Insect Repellent and sun block
Lantern with batteries and extra bulb
Camera in pelican case
Sombrero or sun hat, Personal snacks
Dry bag 11 diameter and 28 high to carry personal stuff
Water Bottle, Binoculars
Life travel, evacuation and medicinal insurance

Mosquito Tour Trekking

Reach new heights as you climb high in the Rio Platano Biosphere and the Mosquito Coast. Explore the exciting ecology of Pico Dama (Lady Peak). The unique and pristine environment including outstanding flora and fauna. With an outrageous display of wildlife and colour. Journey into wetlands, coastal lagoons, and tropical rainforests, climbing to a height of 800 metres. Extend your cultural credentials as you meet and interact with three different Honduran ethnic groups: Miskito, Pech and Garifuna. Soak up the history as you cross the territory where English corsairs hid centuries ago.

Family Hostels and Camping.

Day 1 Overnight at Raista
ravel by Bus, Four-Wheel drive, and Boat to reach the isolated village of Raista in the Mosquito Coast. Overnight accommodation is at a family hostel lying 200 hundred meters from an endless beach over the Caribbean coastline (beds with mosquito net, mattress and sheets, roomy double rooms, shared clean toilets and showers are the facilities available).

Day 2 Overnight at Las Marias
Journey by motorboat through mangrove channels and then up the Rio Platano into the Biosphere until you reach Las Marias. cross paths with Miskito people carrying their agricultural products along the river. Overnight at the family hostel.

Day 3 Overnight at Pico Dama Shelter
Pack and prepare for 3 Days and 2 Nights in the jungle, make sure you have enough food and personal equipment including water purification tablets. Begin Trekking uphill from Sulawala Creek through pristine rainforest. End up at a thatch roof cabin equipped with basic beds, mosquito nets and a fireplace for cooking. Enjoy your first night in the jungle cooking your own dinner in the local style

Day 4 Overnight at Pico Dama Shelter
Climb up Pico Dama, take enough food for a day away from the campsite. Enjoy the changes in ecology as you climb higher into the cloud banks with plenty of epiphytic plants and moss. Reach an elevation of approximately 800 metres to discover spectacular views over the jungle extending into a wide green horizon. Return to the campsite with your thatch roof cabin equipped with basic beds, mosquito nets and a fireplace for cooking.

Day 5 Overnight at Las Marias
Trek back down to Wainatara, make sure you are carrying enough food for the day. Upon reaching the Rio Platano you will join the crews of your dug-out canoes to travel upstream to the Petroglyphs of Walpaulbansirpe. You will then return to Las Marias to stay at the family hostel

Day 6 Overnight at Raista
Return down-river to Raista, and spend some time by the beach resting and relaxing staying at the family hostel.

Day 7 Back to La Ceiba
Travel back to la Ceiba

All year round

Please read the following checklist to make sure you have everything you need:

Personal Medicines, Rain Gear
Personal items (biodegradable soup, tooth, paste, Sunglasses)
Light hiking boots or tennis shoes
River Sandals (Teva or Chaco)
Rubber Boost (Optional)
Light Tropical clothing
Sleeping sheets, Insect Repellent and sun block
Lantern with batteries and extra bulb
Camera in pelican case
Sombrero or sun hat, Personal snacks
Dry bag to carry personal stuff
Water Bottle, Binoculars
Life travel, evacuation and medicinal insurance

You Will need to budget for these additional costs (make sure you take cash with you there are no ATM’s on the Mosquito Coast)

- Hot meals at hotels in La Moskitia $3.17 per unit
- Transportation La Ceiba - Raista - La Ceiba $85 per person
- Food provisions for jungle trekking
- Portable water tablets or drops

About the location

Accommodation

La Moskitia Ecoaventuras is based in the city of La Ceiba the gateway to the Mosquito Coast. Here you will find a full range of accommodation options and prices to match. If you choose a multi-day package then your accommodation will either be camping or village hostels and hotels. All our accommodation providers are carefully selected and vetted. These details will be with your package.

Location

Find shade, sanctuary and super-friendly people in La Ceiba. Named after a giant Ceiba tree that once stood on the beach next to the dock, providing shade and sanctuary for workers and visitors alike. The tree was so large that legend claims it was a beacon that guided ships back to port. La Ceiba is the perfect hub for your exploration of the Honduras ecology. With multiple ecological and adventure activities within easy reach. You can choose from four different national parks in or nearby to La Ceiba, with fabulous habitats and exciting adventures. From wetlands to rugged mountains, enjoy crystal clear rivers, magical waterfalls, and Caribbean islands. Open the doors of La Ceiba to find a gateway to the Mosquito Coast and the Bay Islands. Remember to book your tour to the Mosquito Coast with La Moskitia Ecoaventuras as there are few roads and very little infrastructure. This is a remarkably untouched jungle environment and your safety is our concern. In La Ceiba, you will find the hustle and bustle of a large city with plenty of shopping, restaurants and bars. You will find a full range of accommodation options and prices to match. For international visitors getting to La Ceiba is easy as you can fly directly to the Goloson International Airport. Upon arrival, you can expect to find a largely bi-lingual population and should be able to communicate in both Spanish and English.

Food

Some meals will be provided with your package tour. Whilst in La Ceiba you should take advantage of the many restaurants and food vendors. You will find many of the staples in Honduras are similar to what you might eat at home. Most meals include rice, beans, tortillas, grilled meat, and a salad. You should, however, try some local food. If you would normally eat a meat-pie or a Cornish pastie then you should give Pastelitos de Carne a try. Pastries filled with meat, rice perhaps potatoes, then deep fried. For a quick snack try out Tostones. If I said “deep-fried banana slivers” you would probably get the wrong idea. These are in fact deep-fried plantains served with salt, and much more like a potato chip than anything else. For the sweet tooth make sure you have Arroz con Leche. For the best rice-pudding alternative you have ever tasted.

Activities

Excellent multi-day guided adventures in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve. Travel by raft, dugout canoe, whitewater raft, motorboat or even on foot – depending on the package you choose. Knowledgeable guides with care for your safety and wellbeing. Fantastic short tours to the Cangrejal River, Pico Bonito National Park, and Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. Whitewater raft and zipline the Cangrejal river. Hike through the rainforest of the Pico Bonito National Park. Explore by boat the wetlands of the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge.

Amenities

  • Guides

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

  • Breakfast

Available activities

  • Excursions

  • Daytrips